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Spinoffs & Other Shows

Recaps, opinion pieces and analysis of Bravo TV shows including Don't Be Tardy, Manzo'd With Children, Ladies of London, Tour Group, Shahs of Sunset and Southern Charm.

Shahs of Sunset Ssn 5/Ep 2 - C'est La Vida

Glenn Rowley

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After last week's premiere, love is in the air for some of the Shahs, but not everyone is feeling the tingles from Cupid's arrow. Reza finds a shocking amount of opposition from more than one person to his plan for a surprise wedding while MJ's new boyfriend faces an uphill battle to win over her over-the-top mother. Plus, GG's partying continues to get out of control as she struggles to cope with the physical pain of her rheumatoid arthritis.

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It's the morning after last week's yacht party and Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi wakes up in strange bed with no recollection of how she got there. Luckily, she's safe at Shervin Roohparvar's - the newest Shah had the foresight to take her home after she got blackout drunk at his birthday. Shervin's still reeling from the amount of drama and anger that dominated his party...all the poor guy wanted was for everyone to have a good time! Instead, he's left worrying about GG, who seems to be inching ever closer to the edge of the proverbial cliff when it comes to her partying and emotional turmoil. Also, hi Shervin's muscles. You are officially my new favorite thing about watching Shahs.

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Surprisingly, Mike Shouhed is putting his real estate career on hold to focus on another one of his passions: shoes. That's right, Mike's starting a new shoe brand called True Gold Footwear. Things are going so well that Mike and his business partner Eddie even have a pitch meeting with Kitson to sell their shoes in the popular LA boutique. Being a newlywed, Mike feels the pressure to provide for Jessica, and since she came from a wealthy family, the newly-Mrs. Shoudhed has grown accustomed to a specifically lavish standard of living in which money was never a problem. Pressing the pause button on his career as a real estate agent makes the stakes for the new venture even higher - it's pretty much sink or swim.

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Meanwhile, Reza Farahan gathers Asa Soltan Rahmati and Mercedes "MJ" Javid under the guise of having a little BFF lunch at his condo. However, Reza has something very important to discuss with the two main ladies in his life. After making small talk and serving food, Reza reveals to MJ that he's finally ready to marry Adam. But wait, there's more: he's asked Asa to become ordained in order to officiate the ceremony and he wants to throw a surprise flash mob-style wedding and spring it on Adam at their house in Palm Springs. However, to Reza's shock, when he asks MJ what she thinks of this plan, she hits him over the head with an emphatic "no." As Reza's two best friends, there's always been a bit of competitive, underlying tension between Asa and MJ, so I was honestly a little surprised that the latter didn't give him more pushback about the self-proclaimed Persian Pop Priestess being the one chosen to officiate at the ceremony. Instead, MJ threw a bucket of cold water over the entire idea, pointing out that the wedding is supposed to be just as much Adam's day as it is Reza's. He may be the king bee of the Persian clique, but Reza can't go around making the wedding everything he wants it to be without considering Adam's feelings. Newsflash Reza: there are two people in this relationship.

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Next, we get a peek into the day-to-day operations of Asa's new kaftan company, appropriately called Asa Kaftans. As the demand for the priestess's exotic and glamorous style has grown, she's had to expand the company by bringing on more employees. Naturally, her first two choices were her dad, whom she affectionately refers to as "Mashti" and her brother Arta, and Asa Kaftans has officially become a family business. The father-son duo form the company's two-man shipping department, responsible to packaging and shipping orders to customers all over the world. Asa points out that her latest entrepreneurial endeavor is just as much for her family as it is for herself - as a Persian immigrant, her father doesn't exactly have a retirement fund set up to fall back on. In essence, these kaftans have become the entire family's livelihood, so the stakes are high for the business venture to succeed. But don't think for a second that just because her employees are her family means Asa is an easygoing boss! Asa truly is an inspirational presence for her vision, drive and creative ambition in helping give her family the best life possible.

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MJ's outspoken mother Vida has been summering in Europe and her daughter has a couple of major surprises to drop on her now that she's home. First, her precious dog Ziggy now looks like a pink cheetah thanks to some creative grooming. Secondly, and more importantly, MJ is now seriously dating Tommy, whom Vida is under the impression is just her daughter's "friend." Based on Vida's past harsh critiques of everything in MJ's life, this is bound to go well. MJ and Tommy meet Vida for lunch and right away, she starts in - criticizing MJ's weight in Farsi and blaming it on her being around Tommy. When Tommy jumps in to defend his girlfriend's honor, MJ reveals that things have gotten serious between her and the accented New Yorker. Naturally, Vida disapproves, telling MJ flat-out that she can already tell Tommy isn't a good match for her. It's just one of Vida's gifts OK? However, MJ's in love and apparently Vida will just have to learn to deal with it.  

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Later, GG and Shervin spend the night out at the club while Asa hosts a small dinner for Reza, Adam, Tommy and MJ at her house. While GG gets progressively more wasted as the night goes on, Shervin keeps a watchful eye on her to make sure she doesn't get too out of control. However, the rest of the gang voices their concerns for GG over dinner and are worried that she's about to hit rock bottom, if she hasn't already. Lo and behold, a drunk GG's dark side comes out as she tries to explain to Shervin what a day in her body feels like with rheumatoid arthritis. GG is clearly in pain and it's so sad to watch, but she needs to find a better way of coping with it. Until she does, at least she has Shervin to look out for her and stay by her side until the real Golnesa comes back.

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The episode ends with Reza trying to broach the subject of marriage with a hesitant Adam. Reza has made it clear to his friends that he's ready to take the plunge, but Adam openly admits that he's much more cautious about the idea of marriage since Reza essentially left him at the altar and ran away to Thailand last season. For some reason, Reza seems downright shocked that Adam wouldn't want to jump right into wedded bliss after that kind of betrayal and all I can think is "seriously?" As Reza presses about getting married, he realizes that the day marks what would've been their one-year anniversary if they'd gotten married last season. Reza continues to mention how weird that fact is, but Adam's not having it - shutting down the conversation and walking away. Looks like these two have quite a bit of work to do before Reza gets his way and finds himself walking down the aisle...